2008-11-10 - Elijah: In Fashion
(1 Kings 18:22-40, 19:1-16, 2 Kings 1:8, Hebrews 11:37-38)
The following verses come from Hebrews 11:37-38)
HE WENT ABOUT IN SHEEPSKINS.
Elijah was not concerned with the latest fashion trends. The prophet chose simple attire, a coat made of sheepskin tied with a leather belt. Elijah may have been modest in dress, but bold when it came to doing the Lord's will.
HE WAS PERSECUTED AND MISTREATED.
Elijah received a death threat after he proved God was more powerful than Baal. Queen Jezebel worshiped the idol Baal, and threatened Elijah's life. The prophet immediately fled.
HE WANDERED IN THE DESERT.
Elijah arrived in a desert and prayed that he may die. Although Elijah had just witnessed a miracle, thus wiping out the presence of idol worship, he wanted to give up. After he prayed, Elijah fell asleep.
God supernaturally supplied food to sustain Elijah. Strengthened by the food, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to another destination. His zest for life returned, and he was not going to take the queen's warning lightly.
HE WANDERED ON A MOUNTAIN AND IN A CAVE.
Elijah arrived at Mt. Horeb and sought refuge on the mountain, and later inside a cave. God never intended Elijah to go to the mountain or the cave, but to another desert to anoint a king and to anoint Elijah's successor. Elijah obeyed and anointed the two men. Elijah had his journeys all planned out, but in the end, it is God who orders our steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
Lord, I will continue to praise You in the mist of difficult and overwhelming situations, for You have given me hope and strength to continue on the road ahead. May the Bible's words steady me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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